Nunobiki Herb Park slates chamomile fest: Nunobiki Herb Park in Kobe’s Chuo Ward is holding a spring chamomile festival from April 24 to May 16.

The park grows about 200 varieties of herbs on a mountain slope in Kobe, providing a panoramic view of the city. During the festival, chamomile and other kinds of herbs will be in bloom.

A variety of events will be held, including free concerts at 2 p.m. on April 29 and every day between May 2 and 5. On the last day of the festival, visitors can pick some of the chamomile flowers to bring home. Also, classes on aroma therapy, herbal cooking and herbal bread will also be held on May 8, 20 and 22, respectively. Reservations are required for these classes and the cost ranges between 2,500 yen and 3,000 yen.

To get to the park, take the Shin-Kobe Ropeway to Nunobiki Herb-en Station from Kitano 1-chome Station, which is a five-minute walk from JR Shin-Kobe Station and the Shin-Kobe subway station.

Admission is 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students. The park will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day except for Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays, when it will close at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call the park at (078) 271-1131.

Minoh group to mull Philippines’ diversity: Minoh Association for Global Awareness, a foundation based in Minoo, Osaka Prefecture, will host a discussion in English with a guest from the Philippines on April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the foundation’s office.

The session is part of MAFGA’s discussion series held seven times a year with the goal to share various views and a wide range of knowledge through conversations with non-Japanese residents.

The guest speaker for April is Aurora Konomi, an English teacher from the Philippines, who will discuss the theme “Cultural diversity in the Philippines.”

The participation fee is 500 yen. Reservations are required.

For reservations and more details, call MAFGA at (072) 727-6912, fax (072) 727-6920, or e-mail: info@mafga.or.jp

Grad student to discuss Vietnam at Asian plaza :Kobe Asian Plaza, a semigovernmental body of Kobe City Hall, will host a seminar by a Vietnamese student on his country’s policies and economic growth on May 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at its facility in Nagata Ward.

Cao Anh Dung, a student at Kobe University’s graduate school of international cooperative studies, will speak on the merits and demerits of Vietnam’s Doi-Moi policy, which he claims spurred the nation’s rapid economic growth but also caused even wider economic disparities among its people.

The seminar will be conducted in Japanese.

The participation fee is 840 yen and 20 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required by April 30.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (078) 646-7100.

Wahha Hall hosts night of ‘rakugo’ in English: The HOE International language school is hosting an evening of “rakugo” traditional Japanese comic storytelling, in English at 6:30 p.m. on May 7 at Wahha Hall in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

Following an introduction to rakugo by emcee Masaaki Yamamoto, seven raconteurs, from the United States, Britain, Nigeria and Japan, will recite classical or recently written stories on themes that include “Idle Wife,” “Magic Words” and “Onomatopoeia.” All performances will be given in English.

Tickets cost 2,000 yen in advance and 2,500 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Ticket Pia ticket agency.

The venue, across the street from the famous comedy theater Namba Grand Kagetsu, is a five-minute walk from Namba Station on the Nankai Line or Midosuji subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6202-0192.